Design Character. Architectural treatment should express the
administration building's significance as the activity's command and reception
center. Building massing (number of stories, heights, and roof pitches)
should relate to internal programmatic requirements, and the primary entrance
to the facility should be clearly visible. Exterior building materials should
be compatible with those of the surrounding buildings.
Design Factors. Administration buildings must be organized for
ready access to public areas and general work areas and for controlled access
to more sensitive areas. Although operational requirements can vary, the
following areas are common to virtually all administration buildings:
Reception Area. Unless the mission of the administration building
requires absolute exclusion of the public, functional arrangements should
provide for orderly, pleasant reception and direction of visitors.
Provide facilities for information, reception, and
Toilets should be convenient to the lobby and be properly
Private Offices. Size and assignment of private offices should be
based on rank or function and located to provide proximity to related work
be adjacent to each other and connected to administrative support areas.
These executive offices should be isolated from the building's main traffic
flow and enclosed by permanent partitions. The Commanding Officer's office
must receive the same careful architectural treatment as the lobby, since it,
too, serves as a reception area for important visitors. Consideration should
also be given to private entrance and exit requirements, private toilet
facilities, and overall security of the suite.
Other Executive Offices. Other executive offices should be located
consistent with organizational relationship and supervisory requirements.
General Offices. It is desirable to provide large, clear areas for
general office space, to permit flexibility in reapportionment of spaces.
These areas should be designed around a modular scheme for the greatest
possible flexibility in arrangement. Where individual offices are required
within general office areas, they should be enclosed by lightweight, movable
partitions. Select movable partitions to satisfy visual, acoustical, and
access requirements of the spaces being enclosed, in accordance with criteria
set forth in this handbook. (Refer to Paragraphs 4.1.3, 4.8.4, and 4.8.5 for
from relatively simple installations to complex radio and electronics
facilities. (Refer to Paragraph 4.9 for special requirements for areas
housing electronic equipment.)